30 Minute Cajun Chicken Pasta – Gluten-Free

Published on May 07, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4
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This 30 Minute Cajun Chicken Pasta dinner is everyone’s favourite. Creamy pasta with bell peppers, garlic, parmesan, cajun spices and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice. The chicken is well seasoned with classic cajun spices and adds extra spiciness to every bite.

This gluten-free cajun-inspired pasta recipe is one of those dishes you know you will love. The sauce’s creaminess seasoned with cajun spices makes this pasta dish outstanding! Every bite is filled with creamy pasta, extra tasty pieces of chicken, mild spiciness and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice. It’s an amazing combo of deliciousness. I promise!


9 cajun spices on a plate


What is Cajun food?

Cajun does not mean spicy. The food is a combination of French and Southern cuisine found in Louisiana. The flavour combines many spices making the food robust and often spicy. 

The spiciness should not overpower the flavour. However, the food is always made with various herbs and spices and is very flavourful. Some of our favourite gluten-free cajun recipes are, sheet pan cajun chicken with roasted veggies, the Louisiana style crispy parmesan chicken pasta, and the vegan dirty rice.

Homemade gluten-free cajun seasoning recipe (1 1/4 cups)


cajun spice mix in a glass container with a spoon


  • 5 Tbsp. GF paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. GF onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp. GF garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. GF dried basil
  • 2 Tbsp. GF dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. GF dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. GF cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. GF ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. GF ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Sea salt

          Whisk together to combine


4 steps for a 30 minute cajun chicken pasta dinner.


This gluten-free cajun chicken pasta dinner is super easy to make.  

Before starting, begin cooking the pasta. By the time the pasta is cooked, everything else will be ready.

Season and crisp up the chicken in a large skillet. Set the chicken aside in a bowl.


chicken pieces browning in a skillet


In the same skillet with all the delicious chicken juices, saute the veggies in butter with cajun spices until they start to soften, then add cream and cook until the sauce begins to thicken.


adding cream to bell peppers and onions cooking in a skillet


Add the chicken, pasta, parmesan cheese, a drizzle of fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and some pasta water to emulsify the sauce. Stir to combine and enjoy!


cajun sauce with veggies in a skillet


What are the staple meats in Cajun cuisine?

I used chicken in this gluten-free pasta dish mainly for simplicity and to keep the recipe budget-friendly. The chicken can easily be replaced by one of the staple proteins used in cajun recipes. Such as shrimp, crawfish and andouille sausage.

Which vegetables are used in cajun recipes?

The three vegetables called “the holy trinity” in cajun cuisine are green bell pepper, onion and celery. 

Are green peppers good for you?


green bell peppers growing on a bush


Green peppers are harvested before turning yellow, orange and then red. As a result, the peppers have the least nutrition compared to other bright-coloured bell peppers. 

Red peppers are the most nutritious and have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C.

Some people may be allergic to green peppers, especially people sensitive to pollen.


gluten-free cajun chicken pasta in a skillet


I hope you give this cajun chicken pasta recipe a try. This is one of the easiest and most flavourful 30 Minute gluten-free pasta dinners using less than nine essential pantry ingredients plus spices.

Looking for other 30-minute weeknight gluten-free pasta recipes? Here are some favourites:

Creamy Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Pasta

Gluten-Free Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake



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